As the name implies, a mini dental implant is much smaller than a traditional dental implant. A mini implant takes up roughly half the space of a traditional implant. There are several reasons someone may choose a mini dental implant over a more traditional implant. Mini implants fit into smaller spaces than traditional implants, making them ideal for smaller, more narrow opening. Mini implants work in areas where traditional implants would make treatment difficult or impossible. Visit Dentalville Panorama City in Los Angeles to setup an appointment for mini implants!
One common use for mini implants is when a full set of upper or lower dentures are necessary. Four to six mini implants are places along the gum line, where they provide a base of support for the entire set of dentures.
For the dental phobic, mini implants can be a blessing. The small size of the implant means that the procedure is less invasive than with traditional implants. The mini implant typically does not require any incisions, instead, the implant is inserted through the gum into the bone. This also shortens the recovery time, allowing the restoration to be completed within a short period of time, if not immediately.
Mini implants are typically performed without the need for bone grafts, another benefit for individuals who are uncomfortable with dental work. The procedure isn't that uncomfortable, and most implants can be completed in one session. The less invasive nature of the procedure, and the fact that the procedure can typically be completed in one session often makes mini implants more affordable than traditional dental implants.
The implants can also be treated as regular teeth right away. While you may need some over-the-counter pain medication for a day or so after the procedure, the discomfort is minimal and you will feel comfortable eating right away. The mini implants look and feel just like your own teeth. The less invasive nature of the procedure makes it easy to treat the implant as your own teeth from the minute you walk out of our office.
Mini implants will not work for everyone. If you have suffered a good deal of bone loss, you may not have enough structure in place to anchor the implant. Individuals who grind their teeth may not be good candidates for mini implants, as grinding can cause premature wear on the implant. While these implants aren't the perfect choice for everyone, they are an excellent choice for many people with many different different issues.
It is impossible to know whether mini implants are the ideal choice for you without consulting with us. After an examination, we will discuss the best option for you, as well as the pros and cons of either choice. If you've been told in the past that you weren't a good candidate for traditional implants, mini implants may still be a good choice for you.
A consultation with our experienced dentist in both traditional and mini implants is the best way to make the best decision for your particular situation. You can get an assessment of your particular issues, hear the benefits of each procedure, and see before and after pictures of other clients. In the end, this is a decision best made in collaboration with our dentist.
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